The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality

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Inequality is a surprisingly slippery issue. It involves not just straightforward comparisons of individuals, but also comparisons of price and consumption differences around the world - and over time. In The Haves and the Have-Nots, Branko Milanovic, the lead economist at the World Bank's research division, approaches the issue in a new and innovative way; through stories. Milanovic reveals just how rich Elizabeth Bennet's suitor Mr. Darcy really was; how wealthy ancient Romans compare to today's super-rich (for example, Nero vs. Paris Hilton); who the richest people are today; how we should think about Marxism in a modern world; and how location factors into wealth. This bold and entertaining book teaches us not only how to think about inequality, but also why it matters and - most importantly - what we can do about it.
 

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Contents

Unequal People
3
Was Socialism Egalitarian?
62
Can Several Countries Exist in One?
87
Did the World Become More Unequal During
166
Do You Want to Know the Winner Before
219
Did Colonizers Exploit as Much as They Could? Vignette 3 8 Why Was Rawls Indifferent to Global
232
Notes
255
Further Readings
287
Front Cover Flap
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